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  1. JamesC

    New online plant store

    I've been contacted by a new plant supplier which looks quite promising. If anybody wishes to give them a try I'd like to hear back on your views. Website is http://www.plantedtanks.co.uk There is a 10% discount off your order. Use UKAPS1 as the checkout code. This will only be available for UK...
  2. JamesC

    Does accuracy of 4dKH solution matter?

    There are lots of posts around how to make your own 4dKH solution and how important it is to be accurate, but does it really matter? When you add a couple of mls to your drop checker and then add some drops of bromothymol blue you are in effect diluting the 4dKH solution. I've seen it...
  3. JamesC

    Born Again Skateboarder

    Hard to believe but I've taken up skateboarding again after a 30 break. My 9 year old son brought a skateboard with his xmas money and so I dug out my old boards from the garage. I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed from before so have now treated myself to a new board. Things have come a long way...
  4. JamesC

    Azoo CO2 Regulator Review

    Have just purchased one of these Azoo regulators off eBay and thought I'd share my view and experience with using it. The eBay seller is called goaqua88 and is based in Taiwan. This is the actual item - AZOO-CO2-Pressure-Regulator-With-Magnetic-Valve-plant. I paid £37.91 with £11.50 P&P...
  5. JamesC

    New Traces from Aqua Essentials

    As you may or may not have noticed Aqua Essentials have changed their Trace mixture. Some have been asking for a comparrison so I have posted up a table showing the differences between them along with Plantex CSM+B and Garden Direct's Chempak Trace mix. Plantex CSM+B is IMHO by far the best...
  6. JamesC

    The Planted Aquarium Podcast. #3 with Tom Barr

    Just stumbled across this website where a couple interview people. The latest podcast is with Tom Barr and is really worth listening to. Website is http://www.theplantedaquariumpodcast.com/. James
  7. JamesC

    What's in AE excel/easycarbo

    I don't know what is used in AE's carbon or Easycarbo but I know for sure that Seachem's Excel is not a solution of glutaraldehyde. It is a solution containg Polycycloglutaracetal which is safer to use than Glutaraldehyde and acording to Seachem is more easily utilised by the plants...
  8. JamesC

    Newsletter discussion

    We now have a newsletter that will be sent out periodically - http://ukaps.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=5219 If you have any questions or problems regarding subscribing, etc, could you please post up here. Thanks James
  9. JamesC

    Saw at Thorpe Park

    Being a Merlin annual pass holder I've got exclusive tickets to the preview opening of 'Saw - The Ride' this Friday 13th at Thorpe Park. Should be great fun. I'm just a big kid really. Anyone else from here going? http://www.thorpepark.com/photos-saw.php James
  10. JamesC

    What nutrients do plants actually require?

    Been thinking about this recently from another thread where someone decided that tap water was full of 'nasties' and shouldn't be used to reconstitute reverse osmosis (RO) water. I've always added tap water to my RO water as I believe that tap water contains lots of 'goodies' that are required...
  11. JamesC

    DIY Project Repairing a faulty Arcadia Luminaire

    I have a 120cm Arcadia Luminaire which holds 4x 54W T5 tubes, two banks of two switched independently. The other day much to my sadness one of the banks stopped working so is now only running on half power. I've removed the luminaire and hooked up some old T8's for the time being. As there is...
  12. JamesC

    All about Water Hardness

    The topic of water hardness seems to often cause some confusion. This hopefully will clear up some of the confusion, and probably create some more. Most people measure their tap and tank water using two test kits, GH and KH. GH stands for General Hardness (Total Hardness) and is a measurement...
  13. JamesC

    Tetratec external filter leaking problems

    Just come across this about the leaking problems with the Tetratec range of external filters. James
  14. JamesC

    Police probe called off after officers spot something fishy

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/suffolk/7829380.stm James
  15. JamesC

    Tropica TPN+ match using ammonium nitrate

    Been playing with my calculator again and come up with an almost exact match for Tropica's TPN+. Rather than use potassium nitrate for a source of nitrogen I have used ammonium nitrate which is what I'm led to believe is what is in TPN+. Using ammonium nitrate seems to tie all the figures in...
  16. JamesC

    Hotmail email

    Microsoft seem to have gone overboard on their Hotmail accounts. I'm unable to send email to any Hotmail accounts which is a right royal pain. Anyone else here getting the same problem? Did a Google and found a large number of other people having exactly the same problem. James
  17. JamesC

    Google Chrome

    Decided to give Google's new Chrome browser a whirl and am extremely impressed with it. Still in beta so has a few things to iron out but IMHO it is the way to go with it's simplicity. I now use it all the time. Have used a few browsers in my time and so far this is the one I like most. Started...
  18. JamesC

    Spring water

    I've been using RO water with a bit of tap water added for some years now as I have found I always had problems with using Thames water straight from the tap. Now that my RO unit needs to be changed as it's getting a bit ancient I have decided to try fresh spring water. I am rather lucky in the...
  19. JamesC

    Stealth at Thorpe Park

    Anybody here been on Stealth at Thorpe Park? For those that have no idea what I'm on about - http://www.themeparks-uk.com/thorpe_park_stealth.html. It's the highest roller coaster in Europe. I'm addicted to it. The new improved Stealth accelerates you from 0 to 80 mph in 1.8 seconds and then...
  20. JamesC

    Tropica, Aqua Essentials and Garden Direct Chelated Traces

    There's been a bit of talk about Aqua Essentials and Garden Direct chelated traces recently so I thought I'd compare the concentrations of the different elements with Tropica Plant Nutrition. I've always made up solutions from the traces I've brought using 15g of trace added to 250g of water...
  21. JamesC

    UKAPS Members Photo Album

    I think it's always great to put a face to a name so now is your chance. I'll start the ball rolling with a photo of my son Philip and myself on the Big Wheel at Windsor. Don't be shy. James
  22. JamesC

    Information Forum Netiquette

    When posting try and be descriptive in the subject line. A simple 'Please Help' is not at all very helpfull and will most likely be passed over or ignored. When posting try and see where the best place to post is. This not only helps you in getting your question answered quickly, but also all...
  23. JamesC

    Dosing with Ammonia and Urea

    Decided to open a new thread on this very interesting subject rather than carry it on in the Good Algae Article thread - http://ukaps.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=905 Here's what been said so far: I'm going to look into this a bit more and I might even test with dosing some urea to see how it...
  24. JamesC

    JamesC's 200 litre Akadama journal

    After the success of my 25 litre PFK tank using Akadama as a substrate I decided it was time to change the 3.5 year old silica sand in my 200 litre Rena tank over to Akadama. The planned day arrived and the rest of the family went to Bluewater to give me some space :D Tank Details: 200 litre...
  25. JamesC

    UG - Utricularia graminifolia

    Seems people have been having problems with Utricularia graminifolia or UG so I thought I post my setup and parameters. Just over a month ago I decided to give it a go to see how I'd get on with it. I planted a little bit in my test tank tank. Most of what I had went into my main tank but...
  26. JamesC

    Akadama - A cheap substrate

    Introduction Having decided that it was time I changed my silica sand substrate for something better I looked around at the options available. For my 200 litre tank I was going to need a fair amount of substrate and all the commercially available ones would cost me a fortune for the amount...
  27. JamesC

    'All In One' dosing solution

    As I keep on being asked about the 'All In One' solution I make I thought I'd post some details of it. After Tropica released their Plant Nutrition Plus, which is an 'All In One' dosing solution, I became interested in doing the same to make life easier for myself. Normally it is advised to...
  28. JamesC

    Cheap HO T5 fluorescent tubes - Update with photos

    This is an update to a thread I posted earlier about HO T5 tubes I brought from the Lamp Specs website. This is the thread - http://www.ukaps.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=523. Since I posted the earlier thread I have also purchased some Grolux's. Decided to have a bit of fun tonight and took some...
  29. JamesC

    Cheap HO T5 fluorescent tubes

    Having decided to upgrade my lighting from T8 to T5 I treated myself to a secondhand 120cm T5 Arcadia Luminaire off ebay. It came with used marine tubes so I ditched those. Next was to purchase four 54 watt T5 tubes for it. Looking at the £15 plus for a single tube from online aquarium shops...
  30. JamesC

    Low tech, high tech or mid tech? Discussion on PFK website

    Take a read of this on the PFK website - http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/pfk/pages/blog.php?blogid=127 James
  31. JamesC

    My new gadget - a surface skimmer

    I seem to have had this surface scum for a little while now which I couldn't seem able to shift. I was also sure that it was also causing problems with low O2 levels in the tank due to little gaseous exchange at the water surface. Did a bit of hunting around and ended up buying a surface skimmer...
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